For artists there are lots of opportunities to display their work starting at The Works Festival then moving to the Whyte Ave Art Walk, if you're lucky you can get into Taste of Edmonton (see Oksana's and Saeed's work there) and there's also a huge gallery at Capital Ex in Hall E.
As great as all this exposure and opportunity is, it's also hard work. Often an event requires 12 hour days outside, rain or shine. Some events, like the Art Walk, mean setting up and taking down daily too. Along with this many artists attempt to have a life - what are they thinking! Family and work (there are not many of us that can survive solely on our art after all) obligations must be met and it can be hard to even fit in the daily dog walk. Thoughts of a summer vacation are fleeting and, to be honest, it can all get a little overwhelming.
Add in the copious amounts of rain we've been receiving and I guess I have been feeling more than a little swamped this summer. It's time for a break. Luckily I have a quick trip to the mountains planned this weekend. Paintbrush in one hand, tent in the other I'll be heading out Saturday Afternoon and leaving the crazy city behind for a few days.
Hopefully I'll come back with some renewed energy and be ready for a month of flower fun at The Gallery as we exhibit floral work through august. If you're staying in town this weekend and happen across an artist at one of the festivals be sure to take some time to appreciate their work, maybe even splash out and buy a painting (or a card!). You'll make their day.